DuPont Industrial Biosciences Brings Fast-Acting Phytase to the Animal Feed Industry in Canada

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Fast-Acting Digestive Enzyme Activates Higher in Digestive Tract, Improving Profitability and Performance While Reducing Waste

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These benefits will give animal producers the edge they need in today’s competitive environment, while also reducing their environmental footprint.

Danisco Animal Nutrition, a division of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, today announced the launch of its Axtra® PHY enzyme in Canada – the fastest-acting phytase enzyme product on the market. Axtra® PHY has already been helping producers in the animal nutrition industry in the United States and is increasingly being introduced into other markets around the world. Now producers in Canada will have access to Axtra® PHY.

Axtra® PHY begins degrading phytate and breaking down its anti-nutrient effects at much lower pH levels, much earlier in the animal’s digestive tract. This valuable process enables the release and digestion of the beneficial nutrients naturally present in the feed that would otherwise bypass the animal’s digestive system. Less supplementation of these valuable nutrients is required, resulting in improved animal performance, efficiency and lower-cost diets with fewer of the undigested nutrients making their way into the environment.

“We are excited to bring our award-winning phytase to the Canadian marketplace,” said John Van Oort, business manager for DuPont Canada. “We have broiler trials that demonstrate Axtra® PHY can enhance phosphorus and calcium release by 20 percent and decrease feed conversion ratio by 8 to 10 percent.

“For swine, we see a body weight gain of up to 20 percent in piglets, and a reduction in their phosphorus excretion of an astounding 57 percent,” said Van Oort. “These benefits will give animal producers the edge they need in today’s competitive environment, while also reducing their environmental footprint.”

Additionally, DuPont offers an unprecedented approach to dosing. While some in the industry choose to super-dose feed with phytase, DuPont supports producers by recommending dosages that take into account a combination of factors – species, diet and age of the animal. Optimal dosages of Axtra® PHY prevent producers from wasting money on products that do not provide any added benefit.

The optimal recommended dose (1,000-1,500 FTU/kg, depending on species) has proved vital: evidence shows that when used at the correct dose for the animal, the award-winning Axtra® PHY phytase doubles the rate of phytate degradation in the upper digestive tract, releasing extra nutrients, energy and protein more quickly. To ensure customers use the most cost-effective dose, Danisco Animal Nutrition offers producers the Optimize Feed Service™, a one-of-a-kind service that enables customers to calculate the correct dose of phytase, using matrix values based on 300 data points for poultry and 560 data points for swine. This includes 14 dosing studies across different ages of pigs on different diets, and 10 dosing studies across different ages of birds on varied diets.

“For nutritionists, this service means they can add the right dose of phytase for their specific circumstances, to drive performance while maximizing their return on investment,” Van Oort said.

Danisco Animal Nutrition – a business division of DuPont Industrial Biosciences – helps animal producers around the world maximize the return on their feed investment, improve liveability and tackle environmental and sustainability challenges through the delivery of optimized enzyme, betaine and probiotic feed solutions. The company’s unique position in the marketplace centers on its ability to combine these technologies, many of which are industry “firsts.” To learn more about Danisco Animal Nutrition, visit Follow @DuPontBiobased on Twitter for the latest from Danisco Animal Nutrition and other DuPont Industrial Biosciences businesses.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences works with customers across a wide range of industries to make products and industrial processes more efficient and sustainable. Through a unique combination of agriculture, biotechnology, chemistry and material science capabilities, we advance market-driven, biobased solutions to meet the needs of a growing population, while protecting our environment for future generations. For updates about how DuPont Industrial Biosciences is helping customers deliver cost-effective products with superior performance and sustainability, follow @DuPontBiobased on Twitter or visit our website at

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The activity of phytase is commonly expressed as FTU, which is defined as the amount of phytase that liberates 1 mmol of inorganic phosphate per minute from 0.0051 mol L−1 sodium phytate at pH 5.5 and at a temperature of 37°C.

Source: AOAC. Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC International. 17th edn. Arlington, VA: Association of Official Analytical Chemists; 2000. Method 2000.12: Phytase activity in feed: colorimetric enzymatic method.

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